Artension was the brainchild of Shrapnel Records head Mike Varney. He received a demo from wunderkind keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij and progressive axeman Roger Staffelbach of a project they called "Atlantis Rising". Varney began to look for other musicians to round out the lineup. After a lot of consideration, Varney presented Vitalij and Roger with vocalist John West, Bassist Kevin Chown, and drummer Mike Terrana. The result was a band called Artension (named by the band for a combination of the words "art" and "tension") and a CD called "Into the Eye of the Storm".
Phoenix Rising is the second album by progressive metal band Artension. It contains the second song in the "Don't Care" trilogy, "I Really Don't Care", with "I Don't Care" on the preceding album and "I Really, Really Don't Care" on their latest album.